RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 18, 2015

TODAY: Belgium takes action on behalf of ex-Yukos shareholders; E.U. to extend sanctions; economic woes loom large ahead of St Petersburg Economic Forum; harsh stance on drugs linked to poor foreign investment levels? Mikhail Khodorkovsky sees Putin’s war with the West as confabulation; Kasparov agrees Putin playing poker, not chess; Dynasty foundation falls foul of NGO […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 30, 2015

TODAY: Opposition no issue for Putin says spokesman; Navalny associate sentenced in absentia; Freedom in World index offers no praise for Russia; foreign funded religious organisations under scrutiny; energy giants fear government meddling; space program setbacks.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 27, 2015

TODAY: Putin accuses Washington of abetting terrorists in new documentary; sees Crimea seizure as historically justified; ‘fortress mentality’ emerging in eastern Europe; Night Wolves denied entry to Poland; Arctic Council meeting unaffected by politics; another twerking video offends authorities; the perils of being a ‘foreign agent’.

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – April 16, 2015

TODAY: Putin gears up for annual Q+A; pre-session comments indicate few surprises; Kremlin in talks with OPEC; the efficiency of Russia’s hybrid warfare; Culture Ministry bans release of wartime Hollywood blockbuster; Poland fears descent of Night Wolves; environmental campaigner’s plea for early release refused; Apple tackles Siri’s homophobia ‘bug’.  From little green men to fairytale dresses, […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – March 19, 2015

TODAY: Putin celebrates Crimea annexation one year on; Moscow signs integration pact with South Ossetia to E.U.’s consternation; Nemtsov murder exposes Putin’s Chechnya problem, say analysts; health of imprisoned billionaire in danger; Sweden’s espionage fears; GM shutting up shop in Russia; China pipeline delayed?

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Jan 21, 2015

TODAY: Russian delegates appear sanguine as World Economic Forum begins; Schlumberger looking to make major investment in Russian oil services company; Central Bank denies need for capital controls; study finds more than half of Russians in state of economic deprivation. Ukraine accuses Russia of direct involvement in conflict; Moscow mulling delivery of air missiles to […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 24, 2014

TODAY: Plans for Navalny rally gather strength; Oleg Kashin takes complaint over case to ECHR; Ekho Moskvy to receive Sochi treatment? Rouble rebounds somewhat with soft capital controls; S&P warning over junk status; Ukraine’s rejection of non-aligned status met with Kremlin disapproval. 29,000 people have now used a new Facebook page announcing a rally in […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 23, 2014

TODAY: First banking bailout of crisis; Kudrin criticises government response, says Russia plunging further into crisis; U.S. blocks Rosneft expansion attempts; Navalny’s defenders plan new rally.  The Central Bank has intervened to bail out Moscow’s Trust Bank which is on the verge of insolvency, issuing a loan of $500 million at the current exchange rate.  Former Finance […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 11, 2014

TODAY: Putin’s India visit results in energy deals; Moscow cancels Uzbekistan debt; ruble trouble continues. Opposition activist placed on wanted list; school designated ‘foreign agent’, Putin influence noted by Time.   Vladimir Putin’s visit to India has yielded a deal in which Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy firm Rosatom will supply 12 nuclear energy reactors for India over […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 9, 2014

TODAY: Russia accuses West of seeking regime change through sanctions; ‘Day of Silence’ in Ukraine in attempt to rebuild ceasefire; Mistrals or money says Kremlin; military spending splurge. Ruble falling with oil prices; investor jitters widespread.  Gas flow to Ukraine resumes; TV channel Rain seeking home once more. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has told […]